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Portstewart Parish

1st December 2013 First Sunday of Advent Readings: Sunday Cycle A Psalter: Week 1 Fr. Austin McGirr PP 7083 2534 / 07739 223295 Parish Secretary: Ruth McGuckian 7083 2534 Office email: St Vincent de Paul: 0750 854 9572 Website: MASSES THIS WEEK Monday to Saturday 9.30am. Sunday Vigil Mass 6.00pm. Sunday: 9.00am, 11.00am and 8.00pm REST IN PEACE Recent: Georgina Cormican Anniversaries: Charly McKenna (26), Dan O’Connor (27), Charlotte Reeves (28), Teresa Davies (30), Gerry Downey, Kathleen Kelly (1), Patrick Conway, Hannah O’Connell (2), Lily Mullen, Pat Curran, Neil Sweeney PRAYER INTENTIONS FOR DECEMBER That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need. COLLECTIONS Last weekend’s parish collection came to £1507. Thank you for your generosity and support. SPECIAL TROCAIRE COLLECTION A cheque for £5070 has been sent to Trocaire following last weekend’s emergency collection in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the Philippines. Thanks to all who contributed so generously. SAINT VINCENT de PAUL We can’t do it alone! Support our annual appeal next weekend of 7th and 8th December. Many thanks in anticipation of your generosity. EUCHARISTIC ADORATION Held in the Marian Hall 10am-9pm on Thursdays. NEW EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS Our parish needs some new Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist. Think about it. Pray about it PARISH CENTRE Sun: Car Boot Sale Innova Irish Dance Mon: Weightwatchers Karate Juniors Karate Seniors

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Tues: Legion of Mary Little Stars Parent & Toddlers Art Class U3A French U3A Whist Bowling Club Wed: Rosemary Conley Club U3A Italian U3A Bridge Innova Irish Dance Portstewart Bridge Thurs: Innova Irish Dance Bowling Club Fri: Zumba Gold Seated Tai Chi U3A Bridge Junior Legion Star Club Sat: Innova Irish Dance Speech and Drama

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EOGHAN RUA GAC Lotto Sun 24th Nov: no jackpot winner. £25 winner: Ryan Montgomery (Coleraine). Nos: 4,12,16,22. Jackpot Sun 1st December: £1200. CHOIR FOR CHRISTMAS Choir practices commence this Sunday after 11am Mass in the gallery. New choir members are very welcome to join existing and previous members. PASTORAL AREA INITIATIVE A Journey into Freedom - Where do we go from here? For those interested in the next step of the course, there will be a meeting in St. Malachy's Parish Centre (committee room) on Monday 2nd December at 7.30pm – a gentle guide through the general format of a Parish Cell Group meeting and the wide support system which exists throughout the Cell community. Our friends from Carrickfergus will return to share their experience with us. Refreshments will be served. CHARITY COFFEE EVENT You are all invited to a Coffee Day at Cul-Erg B&B, 9 Hillside, Atlantic Circle from 10.30am-4.30pm on Saturday 7th December. Proceeds in aid of local research led by Cancer Focus. Please come and support us. PRECIOUS LIFE A candle-light Rosary Procession will take place in Derry on Sunday 8th December, assembling in Guildhall Square at 4.30pm, and proceed through the streets behind the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe for Ireland led by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. Carry a ‘Light for Life’ and pray for the protection of Ireland’s unborn children. Candles will be supplied. Precious Life 9027 8484


This year’s Christmas Lunch will be held in Portstewart Golf Club on Monday 9th December at 12.30pm. Please put your name on the list at the back of the Church before Wednesday 4th December. MILL STRAND INTEGRATED SCHOOL Would like to extend a warm welcome to parents, relatives and friends of the school as well as members of the wider community to join us for our annual Carol Service at Holy Trinity Church of Ireland, Portrush on Tuesday 10th December at 10.30am. PRAYER FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY ADDICTION Last May we had prayer and reflection for healing for those affected by clerical child sexual abuse. On Wednesday 11th December in Star of the Sea at 7.30pm we will focus on and pray about addiction. Through music, scripture, prayer, action and listening to short reflections it is hoped that participants will experience some hope and healing. CHORAL EVENING WITH CANTEMUS Cantemus will be performing in Star of the Sea on Friday 13th December at 7.30pm followed by tea and mince pies in the Parish Hall. Tickets: £7.50 (£5 concessions) available from the Repository. ADVENT DAY OF REFLECTION AT TOBAR MHUIRE – Saturday 14th December. “You will Call Him Immanuel–a Name which means God with Us” The day will be led by Sean Goan, Faith Development Officer of Le Chéile Trust. Using his unique style that combines scholarship and storytelling, Sean will focus on Matthew’s account of the Nativity and help us to focus on Matthew’s gospel for the coming year. This day is open for all, but is particularly recommended for clergy and for Ministers of the Word. Cost: £25, which includes tea/coffee and a light lunch. Please telephone for further information or to book places. 4483 0242 N I CANCER PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES Thursday 22nd May to Tuesday 27th May 2014 We aim to help cancer patients and their carers make a pilgrimage to Lourdes and to provide nursing and medical support for them. Medical, nursing and other Oncology staff will travel with us on the Pilgrimage. Return flights from Belfast (Aldergrove). Full board at the Hotel Agena based on twin-bedded and treble rooms. Travel insurance cover and the service of tour operators in Lourdes. Full price: £599. Reductions available for cancer patients. Chairman: Dr Seamus McAleer. Spiritual Director: V. Rev Sean McCartney. To enquire or obtain a booking form, tel: 07516759646 or HABITAT FOR HUMANITY CHRISTMAS CARDS

On Sale now in the Repository. Pack of 10 for £4. Contemporary and Traditional designs. All proceeds will

help our Living Youth Habitat Team build houses for needy families in Ethiopia. HISTORY OF PORTSTEWART Copies of the DVD recorded at the Parish Centre in October are now available to purchase at Roughans, Dempseys and McIntyres, price £10. An ideal Christmas present! EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS December/January Rota is now available in the Sacristy. CHRISTMAS CARD DELIVERY SERVICE The Portstewart Committee for Cancer Research UK are again delivering Christmas cards to Portstewart addresses for 30p per card (2nd class post is 50p). Please bring your cards to Morellis on Fri 13th or Sat 14th December between 9am and 5pm and support this worthy charity. ALL IRELAND CHRISTMAS ART COMPETITION

Tuesday’s Child invites children and young people (age 321 yrs) to get creative and sign up for our All-Ireland Christmas Art Competition. Great prizes to be won across all age categories including 1000 euro family voucher kindly donated from Marian pilgrimages for trip to Rome, Fatima, Medjugorje, Lourdes, Holy Land, hand-made cribs from Bethlehem and painting sets. Proceeds to Tuesday’s Child’s Christmas Appeal for children in Gaza, Syria and Kenya. Also beautiful Christmas cards of the Holy Family, 100% of cost to Catholic missionaries helping families in Tacloban, Philippines. For further details visit our website at or email or text Orla or Patricia on 07545 452362. LECTORS’ ROTA The new rota for Ministers of the Word is now available in the sacristy.

Slow us down this Advent, Lord Help us to see Emmanuel God with us In our hands and hearts In acts of comfort and kindness In laughter and tears In welcome, shared with friend and stranger In the ups and downs of daily life Slow us down, Lord Help us see you Emmanuel God in us AMEN

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